Mr. Art Miki is an active leader in the Japanese Canadian community, having served as president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians from 1984 to 1992. He led the negotiations to achieve a just redress settlement for Japanese Canadians interned during World War II. He and his family were forcibly relocated to Manitoba sugar-beet farms in 1942.
For his efforts nationally, provincially, and locally, he has received this country’s highest recognition, the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba, and recently received the Order of the Rising Sun from the government of Japan. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Winnipeg and from St. John’s College, University of Manitoba.
Art is past-president of the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba and the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba. With the Asian Heritage Society, Art has organized high school symposiums on Asian heritage and is involved with Anti-Asian Racism activities. He is advisor to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.
Art is a former teacher and principal, a Canadian Citizenship Judge and a lecturer at the University of Winnipeg.